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October 17, 1997 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Diego purveyor of "organic" olives and olive oil has been accused by state regulators of false advertising and of misbranding products, highlighting the sometimes dubious--and lucrative--claims made by firms seeking to exploit the popularity of organic food. The California Department of Health Services said this week it has found evidence of 26 violations of the 1990 state Organic Foods Act by Petrou Foods Inc. Each violation carries a potential fine of $1,000.
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BUSINESS
August 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge Tuesday questioned a central part of Whole Foods Market Inc.'s argument that it should be permitted to buy rival Wild Oats Markets Inc. The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit in federal court to block the $585-million deal, claiming that the two companies compete in a specific market of natural and organic food and that their combination will lead to reduced service and increased prices. David T.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Ted Rall
Under a bill approved by the California Legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, landlords who allow pets in their buildings cannot advertise in a way that discourages cats with claws or dogs that bark. ALSO: The case for organic food Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons McManus: Can Obama energize youthful voters again? Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
BUSINESS
November 15, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been selling non-organic food products that were misrepresented as organic, according to a legal complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Cornucopia Institute alleges that Wal-Mart has been using "in-store signage" to misidentify conventional produce and dairy products as organic. Wal-Mart said the charges, coming from a group that has opposed Wal-Mart in the past, shouldn't be taken seriously.
NEWS
February 2, 1996 | CONNIE KOENENN
For a different twist on Valentine's Day, you can "Say It With Flours" and make an environmental statement along with your pledge of affection. Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, a national nonprofit environmental group, is offering a gift package of three varieties of organic flour from organic farming pioneer Arrowhead Mills in Hereford, Texas, along with special recipes from New York's Union Square Cafe, which features regionally grown food.
NEWS
October 7, 1990 | CHARLES CAMPBELL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The poster on Christine and Dale Johnson's kitchen wall reads, "Our Veggies Don't Do Drugs." A jar on the kitchen table holds wasp eggs, future natural predators to be used instead of pesticides against the tomato hornworm--"a nasty critter, a voracious eater," Christine Johnson said. The Johnsons run an organic farm, growing peppers, squash, kale, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce and other produce on their 65 acres on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay.
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